Do the new van weight rules mean I can drive 4000kg on my standard licence?

Is the weight which you can drive on a standard license increasing from 3500kg to 4000kg? I can drive up to 3500kg at present, but any heavier and I need an operating license.

Asked on 15 January 2018 by Michael Scanlon

Answered by Dan Powell
The new weight rules only apply to alternatively-fuelled vans. And by that we mean electric, plug-in hybrid and vans that are powered by LPG. All of these can be driven on a Category B licence with a weight limit of 4250kg. Diesel vans, however, remain unchanged with a limit of 3500kg. The changes are designed to make it easier for van operators to switch to electric as these vehicles are generally heavier than diesels because of the large battery required to store the electric charge. This reduces the amount of goods they can carry, or it means that van drivers have to apply for a category C licence with the associated costs and medical report requirements.

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